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October 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

White Noise for the Nose

White Noise for the Nose

We spent much time looking at how to deliver aromas  Which are difficult to manage in complex spaces.  Now some research indicates that you can use the equivalent of white noise to remove pungent aromas.


From Schneier on Security

Enigma Simulator

Enigma Simulator

Good article, with pictures, diagrams, and code....


From Putting People First

Global Social Media Impact Study

Global Social Media Impact Study

The Global Social Media Impact Study based at the UCL Department of Anthropology (London, UK) is dedicated to understanding the implications of social networking sites for global humankind and society, and explaining their significance


From Putting People First

Graphic novel explains our role in the world of Big Data

Graphic novel explains our role in the world of Big Data

Big Data powers the modern world. What do we gain from Big Data? What do we lose? Al Jazeera America examines the role of technology and the implications of sharing personal information in the network’s first graphic novella,


From Computational Complexity

Metrics in Academics

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series last night. In honor of their victory let's talk metrics. Baseball has truly embraced metrics as evidenced in the book and movie Moneyball about focusing on


From Putting People First

The BancoSmart ATM by Experientia for UniCredit selected for ADI Design Index

The BancoSmart ATM by Experientia for UniCredit selected for ADI Design Index

Last year Experientia designed the interface of an ATM of UniCredit, a major Italian bank. The interface is now rolled out across the bank’s ATMs in Italy, to great satisfaction of the bank and the customers alike, since interaction


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Robots at Lowes

Service Robots at Lowes

Lowes has always been high on innovation.  Now taking a new retail step forward.  I like in particular the idea of the robots working collaboratively with live associates  A Work force has to be collaborative. In Retailwire: 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Health Focus

Connected Health Focus

The latest Cisco Focus Magazine is devoted to Connected Health. " .... This month, Focus, Cisco’s monthly online publication, takes a look at the latest Connected Health trends and technology news.  Data-driven decisions, better


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Less Stable Social Media World

A Less Stable Social Media World

Social media leading to a less stable world?   In Knowledge@ Wharton:  " ... While social media provides myriad benefits, the advances in connectivity and wealth may come at the expense of the state and the world’s stability,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recomputing Visualizations

Recomputing Visualizations

Recently did work on the area of laboratory data business intelligence, and this work at MIT came up:" ... In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize


From Schneier on Security

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

Good essay. Worry about Ebola (or anything) manifests physically as what's known as a fight, flight, or freeze response. Biological systems ramp up or down to focus the body's resources on the threat at hand. Heart rate and blood


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Preps the Data

Watson  Analytics Preps the Data

In InfoWorld:  Looking forward to seeing this.  It is a very key thing to getting analytics done right.  " ... "Often what business users do is rely on a data scientist or business analysts to help them, which can be too slow


From Schneier on Security

Adobe Book Reader Surveillance

Adobe Book Reader Surveillance

Details. Confirmation....


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Twitter form Partnership to Address Enterprise Decisions

IBM and Twitter form Partnership to Address Enterprise Decisions

Press release:" .. Twitter and IBM  today announced a landmark partnership that will help transform how businesses and institutions understand their customers, markets and trends – and inform every business decision. The alliance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Health Scanning with Sweat Sensors

Health Scanning with Sweat Sensors

From our local University of Cincinnati, whose board I was on for years: " ... A University of Cincinnati partnership is reporting a significant leap forward in health diagnostics that are more accurate than what’s availableUC


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analyzing Your Quantified Self

Analyzing Your Quantified Self

In Mashable:   We are quantifying ourselves every day.  A massive amount of data, mostly shared.   But it is also a movement that is attempting to leverage their own data.  I heard much this week about democratizing this ability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Water Canary

Water Canary

Brought to my attention as a sensor and data gathering example: The Water Canary." ... The Water Canary is an inexpensive water-testing device that makes it possible to collect real-time water quality data from the field. With


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Analytics Platforms

Big Data Analytics Platforms

In Informationweek: " ... Data analysis is a do-or-die requirement for today's businesses. We analyze notable vendor choices,  from Hadoop upstarts to traditional database players. ... " 


From Schneier on Security

FDA Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

FDA Guidance on Medical Device Cybersecurity

The Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines regarding the security of medical devices. I admit that I have not read it....


From Putting People First

Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

Experientia at EPIC: UX transforming a financial institution

In September 2014 Experientia gave a presentation on working as UX professionals with financial institutions at the EPIC conference in New York. The paper is now available on the EPIC site in HTML and PDF versions (free registration


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Automobiles from Bill Ford

Future of Automobiles from Bill Ford

From McKinsey:  Long view on the future of automobile technology.  " ... There are a lot of forces converging in the auto industry right now, including urbanization in emerging markets, powertrain electrification, emissions concerns


From BLOG@CACM

Software’s Vital Role @Japan Robot Week 2014

Software’s Vital Role @Japan Robot Week 2014

Modern robots are no longer just about hardware. Software algorithms play an essential role in bringing life-like movements to industrial robots and humanoids.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Key to Change is Middle Management

Key to Change is Middle Management

In the HBR:  With some interesting hints on how this can be achieved.  A little soft, but useful thoughts.   Middle management is a squishy thing, strongly culture influenced. It can be very influential, or just support staff


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Basketball Data

Big Basketball Data

In Wired:  Excellent non technical look at tracking the complexity of sports.  Have followed this technically for a few years, this is a good non-tech view.  Nice example too of how data can be scrounged from multiple sources


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Determining Personality and Resonance of Message

Watson Determining Personality and Resonance of Message

Today at the Insight meetings we saw a Watson cognitive App being built from a number of Bluemix services and prefabricated Java.  Of particular interest was a user personality modeling mechanism.   They showed it being usedGenesys


From Schneier on Security

Survey on What Americans Fear

Survey on What Americans Fear

Interesting data: Turning to the crime section of the Chapman Survey on American Fears, the team discovered findings that not only surprised them, but also those who work in fields pertaining to crime. "What we found when we


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cyber-Earth project puts climate-change impacts on the map

The following is a guest blog post by CCC Council Member Shashi Shekhar, McKnight Distinguished University Professor Department of Computer Science College of Science and Engineering University of Minnesota. Cyber-Earth, a web…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Leave School Now While You Still Know It All

Leave School Now While You Still Know It All

Interesting questions appear on Twitter all the time. Sometimes addressed to individuals and sometimes addressed to the Twitterverse as a whole. One earlier today has me thinking a lot. And chatting with people on Twitter and


From Computational Complexity

Sipser Symposium

On Sunday we had the Symposium on Theoretical Computer Science on the Occasion of Michael Sipser's 60th birthday to celebrate what Mike has brought to research (seminal work on the complexity of randomness and circuits),great


From My Biased Coin

Rankings Everywhere

Rankings Everywhere

Like many (theoretical) computer scientists, I spent far, far too much time this weekend thinking about rankings.  Well, really, it was more that I was being far, far too amused by the various posts and comments on the novel"Ranking

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